1954 Tiger Baseball-O’Dell and Kingsmore
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Today’s photos are of the Clemson baseball team and their excellent season of 1954, when the team finished 17-7.
The Tigers had Billy O'Dell on the 1954 team. O’Dell was an excellent pitcher who would spend the next 13 years playing professional baseball.
Also on that team was Doug Kingsmore, an All-ACC and All-District III outfielder and became the first Clemson player in history to hit 10 home runs in a season.
Because the expectations were so high for this team, the Tigers drew large crowds to the old Tiger Field located at the Riggs Athletic Complex. The Tigers would go on to win their first ACC Championship that year and would participate in the NCAA Tournament.
As you all know, Kingsmore would later in life have his name adorn the Clemson baseball complex in its current location below the McFadden Building.
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